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Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014 technology  research  practice

A Technology Tip

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On many occasions over the years I have written and spoken about the benefits of using two monitors in a law office setting – for both lawyers and staff.
Once you try two monitors, you will never go back. Having two monitors makes the preparation of documents, particularly complicated legal documents, much easier. When you can have the document you’re drafting on one screen and your legal research dualmonitors results on the other, it becomes a snap to cut and paste text directly from one to the other. Turn one of the monitors ninety degrees (“portrait” orientation). This allows you to view a complete page of a document at normal size without squinting. You could also use a second monitor to monitor your email.
And beyond making your drafting easier and faster, you will find you will save money as you will be printing less.
Unless your computer is truly a dinosaur, it’s pretty much plug and play to add that second screen. Even most laptops will easily accept a second monitor when you go into your display settings and select that option.
Monitors are fairly inexpensive to start with today, and you can save even more money if you buy a second monitor as part of the bundle when you buy a new computer.
Make the switch to two monitors – you will never look back.

4 comments on Using Two Monitors Will Help Get More Work Done and Save Money

  1. We are a digital design agency in the GTA, and each of us in the office work with two computer monitors. It’s a lot more efficient than having to switch tasks and manage windows on one monitor. For example, we can monitor our emails at the same time we work from a document to create a design. We wouldn’t have it any other way!

  2. Donevan says:

    One large high resolution monitor is better. They cost more but are truly worth the extra cost. I am currently using a 30″ NEC high resolution and plan on moving up to a 40″ high resolution. you need a dot density of 10,000 dots per square ” or 100 pixels X 100 pixels per inch.

    Donevan

  3. I have a bit of a bias, but what I’d really like to see is my machine plugged into a big chunk of screen(s), and all the pads and e-readers piled on the desk cooperating with my editing program, so I can compare, cut and paste from any to any. Two screens isn’t enough: a pile of computers open on my desk should be as easy to work from as a pile of books on my desk.

    –dave

  4. Donald Coker says:

    “…pretty much plug and play to add that second screen”. Maybe so but some software applications do not always play well with the second screen. You say it will “save money”. Did you count the time spent trying to get the two monitors to work with a specific piece of software?….and besides, what is wrong with the old fashioned ALT/TAB window switching?

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